raising windows on amazon

Amazon’s use of Javascript to raise the window when it loads has really ticked me off because it completely disrupts my browsing experience. While reading a site I’ll pop off a few background tabs to load while I continue reading, and then all of a sudden, WHAM, I’m on the Amazon tab. It’s like a three-year-old kid with a drawing from school, afraid if they don’t continue to pester you you’re not going to look at their picture.

Well I’ve got news for you Amazon. I already clicked the link, and I will get to your site when I’m good and ready. I don’t need you to hold my hand while I’m browsing, and would appreciate it if you would let me do it my way, like Burger King, not yours. Remember, I’m the customer and you’re supposed to make me happy, not enraged.

Thankfully, the web browsers I use allow me to stop Amazon from annoying me with their naughty behavior. These instructions are for the browser on Linux, but they’re sure to be similar on Windows.

Opera 7.5: Tools > Options > Multimedia > Javascript options (button) > Allow raising of windows. (uncheck)

Firebird 0.9: Edit > Preferences > Web Features > Advanced (button) > Raise or lower windows (uncheck)

Mozilla 1.7: Edit > Preferences > Scripts & Plug-ins > Raise or lower windows (uncheck)


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  1. Doesn’t Gmail do the same thing for you? It does for me. Thanks for the tips on how to turn it off!

    Comment by Meredith on July 3, 2004 @ 4:52 pm
  2. Gmail has done it occasionally, but never consistently.

    Comment by dan on July 3, 2004 @ 7:12 pm
  3. Maybe you should email amazon and tell ’em they’re ticking you off. They’re not the only site to shop online at. Put a little fear in them.

    Comment by Renee on July 6, 2004 @ 11:42 am
  4. Excellent idea. I just sent them a message with the text of this blog entry and an explanation.

    Comment by dan on July 6, 2004 @ 12:35 pm

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